Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Connecting the City: Lifting the Green Point Circle

Originally uploaded by rfataar
To ensure a smooth and safe journey for pedestrians moving towards the stadium from the City Centre, the Green Point stadium circle is being lifted. Spectators will move below the circle and into the stadium forecourt safely from the 2.5km fan mile, which stretches from the Grand Parade Fan Park to the stadium. The circle connects Western Boulevard to the new Granger Bay Boulevard which connects the stadium to the V&A waterfront.

Mbombela Stadium: 100% South African design

According to some of the stadium engineers, unlike all the other new World Cup venues, Mbombela Stadium and Soccer City are the only venues designed by South African firms. As you can tell, against all odds, Mbombela Stadium remains well on track for 2009 completion. The roof steel structures are all in place and the roof sheeting should be complete with a a month or two. Looking forward to the landscaping plans for this world class venue.

Monday, 25 May 2009

Green Point Stadium: Speechless!

Welcome to Cape Town
Originally uploaded by Luke Lanterme
This image deserves an Oscar(?!) and so does the photographer. Green Point Stadium is about 80% complete with the final roof trusses being installed and the facade installation underway. Read in the 2010 Cape Argus Supplement that the stadium technical manager can turn on the stadium lights from almost any location in the world, be it his living room, the Bahamas or....well inside the stadium at this office.

Cape Town's Rapid transit system progressing rapidly

Originally uploaded by warrenski
Construction of the first phase of Cape Town's R1.3 billion Integrated Rapid Transit system is underway and based on these images, looks like the March 2010 completion target is more than realistic. The IRT system will connect Atlantis to the Central City, the International Airport to the Central City and provide an extensive Inner City network connecting the CBD to the new Green Point Stadium, V&A Waterfront and surrounding areas.

Saturday, 28 March 2009

Kikuyu grass for Athlone Stadium

Athlone Stadium has been closed for the remainder of 2009, in order for a new grass pitch to be laid and the upgrading of the north and south spectator stands to be finalised before the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.

The stadium will serve as a practice venue during the World Cup, and the City of Cape Town wants to ensure that the facilities and pitch will be in pristine condition.

The previous grass pitch, which had been used for years by Cape Town soccer clubs Santos and Ajax Cape Town, did not meet FIFA’s requirement that the grass must be the same as the playing surface for the World Cup matches that will take place at Green Point Stadium.

The new pitch will have a kikuyu base (warm season turf) overseeded with rye (cool season turf), meaning that the stadium can be used throughout the year.

The tender for the new surface has been awarded and work is set to begin.

Image source: Bruce Sutherland, City of Cape Town

Cape Town: There are no words

Absolutely magnificent

Image source: Bruce Sutherland, City of Cape Town

Monday, 23 March 2009

Polokwane on track

The Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane is certainly on track to meet its FIFA deadline. This 45,000 seat venue is perhaps one of the less controversial venues, with great progress being made. The majority of the seating structures are in place or will be in place shortly, while the roof trusses appear to be in place, awaiting the inner glass section and the steel membrane.

Located 5km from the city centre, the venue has been designed by AFL architects, the same team responsible for the design of the expansion of the "Theatre of dreams", Old Trafford in Manchester. The Limpopo province has the largest number of registered football players in the country and this new venue will certainly provide a great arena for generations to come.